acinteyyo wrote:are you mindful and/or do you concentrate on a certain meditationobject like the breath or something else?
I'm a little reluctant to touch on mindfulness, given that some teachers say samma sati is remembering what you need to remember to get your chosen task done. And then we have the teachers that say samma sati is insight meditation, with noting etc.
I do focus on the breath, or when I have difficulty calming down I work on metta or chant the dhammapada.
acinteyyo wrote:Do you notice what happens and/or do you know or try to know any thought that comes by?
I generally look for the effects of what I am doing, but I usually avoid thoughts that might lead me off track.
acinteyyo wrote:Do you try not to be distracted by content of senses and thoughts but concentrate to examine the nature of phenomena?
I don't examine the nature of phenomena much, other than trying to find specific causes that might help me calm the mind
acinteyyo wrote:Is the mind getting calm instead of agitated?
Sometimes I get calm, but not anything I would classify as an altered state of consciousness
acinteyyo wrote:Do you let go of things or try to let go?
I don't usually try to let go until I see some kind of stress, I guess? The biggest thing I struggle to let go of is my posture. I'm always trying to flex the right muscles so that I can get into the right posture. It's very distracting!
acinteyyo wrote:Do you learn something about the nature of phenomena, its impermanents and/or its unpleasantness and/or its emptiness of a self?
No. The result of my practice is usually a sense of well-being.
cooran wrote:You may like to make Metta meditation your main practice – it is an effective vehicle leading to Liberation.
I'm really into the brahma-viharas! I had an interesting experience with metta before I got started with Buddhism, and I think it's why I'm a Buddhist today. It was interesting because I felt that I sort of opened up to the world, and nothing seemed in disagreement or contradiction. It wasn't like I was detached or ignoring problems, but rather whenever there was a problem my mind would immediately look for win-win solutions. After learning some Buddhism I looked back and realized that for many days the hindrances had been absent, which is mentioned as an effect of jhana-like states.
Are jhana and metta separate experiences, or is metta enough to produce jhana experiences?